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What might be causing fetal distress

Posted on March 25, 2015 4:05 pm under Medical Malpractice

Fetal distress is a condition during pregnancy or while in labor wherein the fetus does not receive the oxygen it needs for normal development. Because fetal distress is oftentimes used interchangeably with asphyxia, or the inadequate supply of oxygen before, during, or after labor, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) said fetal distress is too broad a term and should be replaced with “non-reassuring fetal status” (NRFS).

There are many possible causes of NRFS, some of which include:

  • Flattened, twisted, or pinched umbilical cord
  • Too much or too little amniotic fluid
  • The mother suffers from medical conditions
  • The mother suffers from pregnancy complications
  • The mother has been provided anesthesia while in labor, which could cause a drop in blood pressure and may decrease the flow of blood to the fetus
  • The mother is lying on her back during delivery, putting too much stress on the blood vessels delivering oxygen to the uterus

Fetal distress could be prevented with proper and vigilant medical care. Unfortunately, several cases of injurious fetal distress have resulted from negligent medical practices. To learn how you might be able to file a claim after your baby has suffered from the effects of fetal distress due to medical negligence in Appleton, consult with a lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling (414) 271-0900 today.